Jessica Biel Passes on ‘The Wolverine’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2012 at 11:03 am,

jessica biel wolverine viper Jessica Biel Passes on The Wolverine

During Comic-Con 2012, reports ran rampant that Total Recall star Jessica Biel was actively in talks with Twentieth Century Fox for a key role in The Wolverine. She addressed the project and rumors in interviews and it was even reported that she had taken the role.

Now comes word that Biel did not accept the offer and that Fox is currently looking at other actresses to take the part of Viper/Victoria/Madame Hydra opposite Hugh Jackman in the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

The latest update comes from Collider who claim that inside sources have confirmed that negotiations fell apart and that Biel will not be starring in The Wolverine. Fox and director James Mangold will need to act quick to find a replacement with principal photography set to begin next month.

Over the last two weeks, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tao Okamoto and Rila Fukushima have all reportedly joined the cast filling out the supporting roles, including the role of the main villain: the Silver Samurai.

As for the role Biel was offered, Viper (Madame Hydra) is an integral character and (complicated) love interest of Wolverine during Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 arc of the Wolverine comics where the character travels to Japan. She also has ties to the Silver Samurai and the Hellfire Club (from X-Men: First Class).

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While the character in Marvel Comics is not a mutant, the villainous (and at times, venomous) Viper is a skilled combat specialist, both up close with melee weapons and from a distance. The character will be altered for the film since the Hydra organization and associated characters cannot be explored by Fox since the film licenses of that segment of Marvel Comics is owned by Marvel Studios.

Chances are the “Hydra” connection and moniker will be dropped entirely and we already know her first name is changing to “Victoria” (Ophelia Sarkissian is her full name in the books).

The Wolverine marks yet another Marvel movie Biel has had her name associated with, having played a part of Blade: Trinity and later having been rumored for a role in Thor. Who do you think should play Viper?

The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013.


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Source: Collider

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  1. Kate Beckinsale would be Great as Viper.

    • She was the first person to pop in my head lol, cool that they will be together in Total Recall

    • Kate was the VERY first person to pop into my head as well. She has it all….

  2. Hmm if they had more time I would say avoid star power and do some casting work to find a better look alike. Hugh Jackman can still carry a movie with his name alone. However, with a month to go, they will have to act fast. Beckinsale wouldn’t be a bad choice.

  3. I really couldnt see Biel as a bad guy, shes too goody goody. I think she would make a better Ms Marvel imo

    • No! Yvonne Strahovski for Ms Marvel! :D

      • Indeed!

      • Yes please!

      • I second that!

  4. Franka Potente.

  5. Great news! IMO she can’t be taken serious, she is the main reason I have no desire to see the new Total Recall. Any movie (particularly action) without her is better for it. Not a hater, just not a fan for action movies.

    • Seconded.

  6. Considering Marvels success as of late, it doesn’t make sense that she would say no, unless she got a call from DC to play a certain Amazon princess ?!

    • Marvel’s success is one thing. This is Fox we are talking about.

      • Good point. Maybe she’s holding out for a Marvel studios production. Although, I have trouble picturing her as Ms Marvel, the Wasp or Gamora.

    • I rly hope dats da case :)

  7. I couldn’t really see her portraying the part, but I would really like to see her in costume….I think they should find some random badass chick.

  8. I think this role is going to be cycled amongst the usual group of actresses who are hot and can do action. Biel and Beckinsale are already in Total Recall, so I think it would be a little odd for Beckinsale to then be offered the role when she is already so well identified with another series. Again, I don’t know why the story merits the inclusion of this character even if she does appears in the comic books and graphic novels upon which the movie is based. I understand from the simple marketing perspective why they are including her, but I think the story already has enough content to do without her.

  9. I don’t know if the script is presenting the character as being part of the original Miller/Claremont storyline, but Viper/Madame Hydra was nowhere near Wolverine at the time and is not needed to tell that particular story. Originally there was Mariko who had just been reunited with her not so nice father, and Yuriko who was an assassin that Logan knew and ended up hanging around with after the father initially tries to kill him and starts sending the Hand after him.

    It seems like since they added the Silver Samurai (who was written into the Wolverine story later in the X-Men comics), they want to shoe-horn Viper in as well for some reason. Given the track record of those involved it still just reads like wanting another Western character and possibly a better known “name” actress in the film. Oh well, with a few weeks to go they better start calling people who aren’t doing anything.


    She’s another in the “looks but can’t act for spit” category.

  11. The best person I can think of to play Viper would be Angelina Jolie. Unfortunately I don’t think she would take the role nor could they afford her price.

    • She’s too busy with Maleficent to do it, but I thought the same thing when I saw the picture from the comics.

  12. Rhona Mitra!

  13. the chick from doomsday? (underworld the rise of the lycans)might be good choice.

  14. or maybe maggie q

  15. who are you talking to?

  16. Kind of a bummer, I was looking forward to seeing her in skin-tight leather again. Oh well.

  17. To play the role of Viper? It will probably go to some “snaky” woman!

  18. How about Gina Carano??? Hot. Can kick ass. Not the best actress, but would fit the part.

    • Not the best? More like one of, if not THE worst. She’s an MMA fighter, NOT an actress.

    • “Not the best actress”
      As far as I know, she isn’t an actress at ALL. She’s a wrestler of some kind…
      You wouldn’t hire a plumber to remodel your living room would you?

      • Carano was/is a Mixed Martial Arts fighter that got over by being relatively pretty in a sport not known for it’s model types. She can’t act at all from what I have seen, but that never stopped a lot of men who were just athletes from having a career. In any event she is not good for this part at all, and with that said watch them cast her…..

  19. Someone who can act. Not Biel.